This week in Winning Post

Summer is officially here and that means the Brisbane carnival is heating up ahead of Queensland's richest race day, the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast next month.

The action continues at Eagle Farm this Saturday where the Rob Heathcote-trained Hopfgarten will tackle the Brisbane Handicap, coming off a gutsy last-start second with 60kg in the Recognition Stakes.

Support features on the Eagle Farm card include the Just Now Quality and the Falvelon Quality, while in Adelaide a number of Magic Millions Cup-bound sprinters will duke it out in the City of Marion Stakes.

Who'll reign in Brisbane? Peter Lyne's preview will lead this week's Winning Post.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for the Moonee Valley and Canterbury night meetings plus Moe's day meeting, as well as fields, colours and selections for Coffs Harbour Cup day, Wellington and the twilight action at Doomben, Devonport and Port Lincoln.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Flemington in Melbourne, Rosehill in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Eagle Farm in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth, then we kick on to Cranbourne for Saturday night racing.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Stawell (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings including Werribee Cup day and Italian Plate day at Tatura plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

Winning Post costs $5 and is available Thursday afternoon in selected Melbourne newsagents, the crack of dawn Friday elsewhere.

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Inside Winning Post December 3 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Moonee Valley (night), Canterbury (night), Moe
Flemington, Rosehill, Morphettville, Eagle Farm, Ascot, Cranbourne (night), Stawell (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Werribee, Tatura, Hawkesbury, Sunshine Coast
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Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
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Letter of the Week

Easy listening

Saturday morning is form study time — reading the Winning Post and then, at 11am, turning the radio on to radio station SEN, listening to the evergreen race caller and entrepreneur Bryan Martin.  
Bryan’s interviews are superb listening.  Last Saturday’s talk with trainer Robbie Laing was very family-orientated, covering Robbie’s mum, dad, wife Rachael and kids, especially daughter Gracie, who looks set for a great singing career.
It seems Robbie must have been pretty good at (Aussie rules) football also as he played quite a few games for Mordialloc in the VFA.  
I was amazed at Robbie’s capacity to remember his and his father’s horses — their names, the races they won, who they beat and the margins they won by, not to mention their breeding, a subject on which obviously he is an expert.
Robbie is obviously a very down-to-earth person and I wish him and his family all the best of for the future. Even my wife, no big racing fan, commented on how she enjoyed the interview.  
On listening to Bryan of a Saturday morning I’m amazed at how much he knows about his interviewee. He must do a lot of homework as he rattles off question after question.  
I believe this week he will interview legendary race caller John Russell, one of nature’s gentlemen.
I hope Bryan will ask JR about his contract as a race caller with 3UZ.  The staunch Blues man had written into the document that if Carlton played in the grand final in any year he would stand down for the day.

Dick Merton
Kilmore (Vic)
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Social Networking

Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: